con·​fla·​tion | \ kən-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce conflation (audio) \

Definition of conflation

: blend, fusion especially : a composite reading or text

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Examples of conflation in a Sentence

the word “robustious” is probably a conflation of “robust” and “boisterous”
Recent Examples on the Web The wide-blade rip saws are disconcerting with their predatory curves, a strange conflation of fierceness and elegance, like savage violins. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "‘When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools From Japan’ Review: No Nails? No Problem!," 20 Apr. 2021 Reduced largely to Red-Baiting 101 and a silly conflation of ticket purchasing and voting rights, even as defections in its ranks rise. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: MLB cruising to victory in culture war over All-Star Game move from Atlanta," 7 Apr. 2021 The third reason short-term guidance remains attractive to some companies is a conflation of quarterly and long-term guidance. Sarah Keohane Williamson, Forbes, "COVID-19 Canceled Quarterly Guidance – This Bad Habit Shouldn’t Come Back," 8 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the conflation of evidence of immunity with proof of citizenship—and the next-step conclusion that national identity implies a national mandate to be vaccinated—is making vaccine passports the latest missile in the culture wars. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?," 2 Apr. 2021 Is there a more sophisticated nomenclature that would avoid inappropriate conflation of a certain group of people or a place with a pathogen? The Atlantic, "Listen: A History of Pandemic Xenophobia and Racism," 26 Mar. 2021 The conflation of democracy and meritocracy is essential to this exercise: claims to expertise legitimate elite authority. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Genuine Crisis," 14 Jan. 2021 The Proud Boys had seized on Trump’s conflation to recast their small-scale rivalry with antifascists in leftist strongholds like Berkeley and Portland as the front line of a national culture war. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 Many have taken issue with her conflation of race and caste. New York Times, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of conflation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2021

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“Conflation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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